Greed In Pedro Páramo Analysis

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Greed was the main force of corruption in Juan Rulfo’s Pedro Páramo; it has corrupted men throughout the novel. Damasio “El Tilcuate”, who was in charge of guarding the town from revolutionaries, has been corrupted. Fulgor Sedano, the right-hand of the Paramos, had dedicated his life to carry out the ‘dirty deeds’ of the rich: he has been corrupted. Father Rentería, the town’s priest, was a hypocrite, he hated the Paramos and the rich, though he accepted bribes from them, granted them absolution and neglected the poor since they couldn’t pay him: he has been corrupted. The main character, Pedro Páramo turned out to be the most immoral man in the novel. He had to lie, kill and bribe to earn his reputation of Comala’s cacique: he has been corrupted. Greed corrupted everyone, ranging from the most insignificant figures in the novel to the most influential.

Damasio’s corruption had its roots in greed. Damasio, commonly known as, “El Tilcuate” was another one of Pedro’s many workers, and alike the others, he has been corrupted by greed. Both of his names hint to his corrupt character: “El Tilcuate” refers to a type of black viper which attacks humans, fights with other snakes and devours them, while Damasio means “domador” or tamer. Pedro Páramo offered this greedy man a small property in order for him to pretend to be a revolutionary to keep off the real revolutionaries off his land. Damasio acquired the land he desired, but lost his morality along the way: he became corrupt.
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